Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Muni contractor involved in gas line rupture that shut down Castro

A contractor working for San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency – better known as Muni – was involved in a gas line rupture that shut down the heart of the city’s Castro gayborhood last week, a spokesman with the agency has confirmed.

In an e-mail today, Paul Rose wrote, “We are reviewing what exactly occurred.” He added, “if appropriate,” the agency will “seek restitution for the service impacts that day.”

Castro Street between 19th and Market streets was closed for several hours Thursday (October 21) after a contractor ruptured a 2-inch PG&E gas distribution line.

Several businesses in the area were also evacuated, the Castro Muni light rail station was shut down, and several bus lines through the area were re-routed for much of Thursday.

City safety personnel and others on the scene that day had said a private contractor was involved, but they didn’t know who it was.

Katie Romans, a PG&E spokeswoman, said in a phone interview that day,“We try to work closely with contractors and property owners to provide them with the information they need to safely make any kind of property improvements or repairs around our equipment.”

People are encouraged to phone the statewide 811 “Call Before You Dig” line before doing any such work, said Romans.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, October 27, 2010 @ 2:55 pm PST
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